Lake City Rumor Mill Shut Down

(Capitol City) One of the last vestiges of the San Juan mining era was closed today, dislodging a chunk of the population and leaving others shocked but still quite clueless.

The termination of activities at the mill, located up Henson Creek adjacent to the Yellow Snow Mine is clearly due to erratic production, general neglect and ground pollution. According to people in ties, clipboards and white shirts from the Euphemistic Pro-Con Agency the mill presented a danger to the health and harmony of the town.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed the forced closure of the celebrated Lake City Rumor Mill,” said a source within the agency. “Tomorrow we bring in the bulldozers and dynamite. There will be hundreds, maybe thousands of us on site. Soon all traces of that pimple on the landscape will be gone.”

The former rumor mill, thought to be haunted, will become a destination spot for daredevil extreme RVers, due to landslide potential and shear cliffs on the sunny side of the mountain.

For decades the rumor mill churned out juicy stories involving everyone from the mayor to the town drunk. Attempts to pump life into the facility have been futile due to its remote status and distance from civilization. National historic distinction has done little to generate operating funds and potential wilderness status which could encourage outside funding, is still up in the air.

“I remember kissing Margaret Hatchmorrison in front of the mill in my ’54 Chevy back in 1953,” said Old Man Pritchard of the Hinsdale Pritchards. “When her daddy got wind of my intentions he chased me all the way to Spar City with a chainsaw. What time those were — Everybody in town knew the details thanks to the rumor mill which was running overtime.”

The rumor mill’s popularity as a make-out spot soon came to the attention of local law enforcement agencies who carried out countless SWAT team excursions into the area in the Sixties and Seventies.

“We were convinced there were guerrillas hiding in the tunnels out there,” said one deputy, “but all we found were a bunch of hippies and their goats.”

     Despite a sadness lingering over the town most people have accepted the closure and have gotten back to the business of talking about each other without the convenience of a local mill. Malcontents have threatened to build a “secondary gossip facility aimed at preserving chit-chat and tittle tattle.”

“Plowing over a few acres of rock will never stop the rumors from flowing,” said one resident credited with starting tattle on such hot topics as geological lake polygamy to UFO landings on the Cannibal Plateau. “After one particularly creative session we had hundreds of tourists out looking for Slumgullion’s Treasure as far south as the Weminuche when everyone here knows that the peg-legged, murdering, alpine pirate’s stash was deposited in a local snowbank back in 1979.”

According to gov’ment agencies jockeying for fetal position above town, mounds of tailings, the residue of the mill, will be hauled to the Ronald Reagan Re-Education Camp at Powderhorn. Rumor has it that it will then be spun into gold by political prisoners currently incarcerated there. But that is only a rumor at this time.

– Fred Zeppelin

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